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Remote warfare, and warfare via remote: shifting civil-military relations and cultural experiences of war in the U.S. from Vietnam to the Gulf

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posted on 2022-03-28, 16:11 authored by Adalia Alexandra Draghici
American culture at large is saturated with images of war and war making. Dialogues about war, and cultural productions that are informed by war, continue to persist in the popular consciousness, creating a sense of "distant intimacy" between the American public and their relationship to warfare. This sense of militarism is ubiquitous, yet the paradox remains - Americans have become increasingly dislocated from the substantive processes of waging war. A new culture of war has emerged, evidenced through the transformations between military, civilian, and corporate spheres of interest. The question should be asked - what does "total war" mean for the twenty - first century? This thesis will argue that a concept of "remoteness" characterizes the complexion of "total war" in America's recent history. "Remoteness " informs how warfare is waged and conceived in a "post - heroic" era. Furthermore, this thesis will explore the complexity, significance, implications, and functions of these symptoms of "remoteness," as they resonate within the broader historical consciousness of America's contested cultural imagination - a survey of the cultural experiences of "total war." Finally, this project seeks to address and reconfigure our understandings of how a culture of war underpins some of the most fundamental questions that inform identity and citizenship in the United States.


Table of Contents

Introduction. -- Chapter 1. Truth, justice, and the advertising way: the reconfiguration of the "citizen-soldier" tradition, coming to a theater near you -- Chapter 2. The Predator, an accidental warrior - "You will never see it coming" -- Chapter 3. Simulating boots on the ground: military games and the spectrum of war experience -- Chapter 4. Bodies of war cast complicated shadows: ventriloquism, memorialization and visibility of military bodies in an age of total war -- Conclusion. Total War: what is the war story for the 21 st century?


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 180-206

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relation

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Chris Dixon


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